Most dentists use a sharply-pointed pick to check for cavities. Not only can this pick be painful, its proximity to your face can be an uncomfortable experience, especially if you already have anxiety regarding dentists. Unfortunately, cavity detection with this technique is only about sixty-percent effective, and many small cavities go unseen, becoming larger if left untreated. This can lead to unnecessary root canal treatment, crowns, or extractions.
At LI Center for Healthier Dentistry, we use the Diagnodent: a laser cavity detection system. This decay laser is over ninety-percent effective in painlessly finding even the smallest cavities, allowing them to be treated conservatively with a small filling. In many cases, you do not even need a shot! LI Center for Healthier Dentistry is thrilled to offer this more gentle and effective laser dentistry diagnostic tool to our patients.